Nationals Game Notes: September 3 at New York Mets
Washington Nationals (79-55) at New York Mets (69-66)
RHP Tanner Roark [14-7, 2.87] | RHP Robert Gsellman [1-1, 3.72]
Saturday, September 3 l Game #135 / Road #71 l Citi Field l New York, N.Y. l 7:10 P.M.
Television: MASN2 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network
The Nationals ran their winning streak to four games on Friday night with a series-opening 4-1 victory over the Mets…RHP A.J. Cole earned the first win of his Major League career with six strong innings of one-run ball and the Nationals’ 4-5-6 hitters (RF Bryce Harper, 3B Anthony Rendon, and C Wilson Ramos) drove in all four Washington runs.
- With Friday’s win, the Nationals improved their intra-divisional record to 39-16, the most wins in the Major Leagues by any team against its own division…Additionally, the Nationals’ 39 victories are 11 more than any other NL East team has against a fellow divisional opponent (NYM, 2nd: 28)…The 2014 Nationals posted 45 wins against NL East clubs, the most of any team in club history (2005-pres.), but the 2016 Nationals are currently well outpacing the 2014 team’s winning percentage (.592 in 2014, .709 in 2016)…The Chicago Cubs are second in intra-divisional victories this season with 37 (37-16) against NL Central clubs.
- At 79-55 (.590), the Nationals boast the second-best record in the National League, trailing only the Cubs (87-47, .649)…WSH ranks 2nd in MLB with a +144 run differential.
Nationals RF Bryce Harper was 2-for-4 with two doubles, an RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base (his career-best 19th) on Friday night at Citi Field…Since returning to the Nationals’ lineup on Aug. 14, Harper has hit safely in 15 of 19 games, and reached base safely in 18 of those 19, posting a .429 OBP (25 H, 11 BB), and driving in runs in 13 of the 19 contests.
- Hitting .347 (25-for-72) in that span, Harper has collected nine doubles, one triple, three home runs, 19 RBI, 11 walks, four stolen bases, 16 runs and a .625 slugging percentage.
- Harper has raised his batting average nearly 20 points in this stretch, going from .233 on Aug. 6 to .252 entering Saturday’s game at the Mets.
HE REACHES, HE STEALS, HE SCORES
INF/OF Trea Turner posted his 22nd multi-hit game of the season on Friday, going 2-for-4 and extending his on-base streak to 21 straight games…Turner is just the second rookie in Nationals history (2005-pres.) to record an on-base streak of 20 games or more, joining Danny Espinosa who reached in 26 games from June 11-July 8, 2011…Turner has hit safely in 19 of those 21 games (including multi-hit games in eight of his last nine) hitting .406 (39-for-96) with five doubles, two triples, three home runs, 10 RBI, 12 stolen bases and 22 runs scored.
- Turner’s first-inning single on Friday quickly turned into a 1-0 Nationals lead as he stole second, setting a Nationals rookie record (2005-pres.) for most stolen bases in a season with 19, and then stole third, re-setting that record at 20.
- Turner posted 45 hits in August, a Nationals rookie record (2005-present) for hits in a single calendar month and two shy of 2B Daniel Murphy (47, May) for the Nationals record for hits in a month and the franchise record (Nationals/Expos) of 47, held by Murphy, OF Al Oliver (August, 1982) & OF Marquis Grissom (June, 1994).
- According to Elias, Turner’s 27 runs in August were a new franchise record for most runs in a month by a Nationals/Expos rookie, topping the 26 Bryce Harper scored in Sept. 2012.
- Among MLB rookies with at least 180 plate appearances, Turner leads in average (.347) while ranking in slugging percentage (4th, .537) and on-base percentage (4th, .367)…He leads all rookies in triples (6) and ranks second with 20 stolen bases.